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Friday, March 12, 2021

College Prep Writers Handbook from Everyday Education ~ a TOS review

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Happy Friday friends! In our house February and March are spent writing the yearly research paper for my middle and high school students. Writing can be a daunting task for many students, there is a lot to remember in the writing process because the subject covers so much ground. However, knowing how to write well is an essential life skill for all students. If you are looking for a writing reference tool for your middle or high school student, be sure to check out Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers from Everyday Education.


The Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers is based on the work by Ian Johnston, a retired college professor. Janice Campbell from Everyday Education turned this into a one-stop writer’s reference handbook for middle and high schoolers to help teach them learn to write. What’s really great about this handbook is that it not only helps teach your student how to write, but teaches you the teacher how to grade the writing pieces.

At 400+ pages this handbook is a huge resource! It is available in PDF eBook version or a physical paperback version. I think it covers everything one must know to be a successful high school and college age writer.
The book is broken up into two sections: 

Instructions and modeling arguments for writing essays covers: 

 ~ Arguments: Some Simple First Principles 
~ Setting Up The Argument: Definition
 ~ Defining Key Terms 
~ Deduction And Induction 
~ Organizing The Main Body Of An Argument 
~ Paragraph Structure 
~ Paragraph Functions 
~ Writing Arguments About Literary Works
 ~ Sample Outlines For Essays And Research Papers 
~Critical Approaches to Shakespeare Some Criteria for Making Literary Evaluations

A mechanics section that goes over usage and style that covers: 

 ~ Phrases, Clauses, Sentences 
~ Words 
~ Basic Punctuation 
~ Pronouns 
~ Parallelism Or Parallel Structure 
~ Modifiers, Gerunds, Infinitives 
~ Clarity, Logic, and Structure 
~ References And Bibliographies 
~ Basic Format for Essays and Research Papers
 ~ Keyhole Essay Graphic

It is simply put a one-stop reference book on how to write everything from essays for high school and college to also covering punctuation, usage, and style. Seriously, this reference book has got you covered!


We received an eBook PDF version of the book and I currently have the file stored on my iPad in iBooks for easy reference. This book has come in handy as Mikayla (12th) and Montana (8th) have been working through their current writing programs. Future plans for this book is to print it out and either bind it or 3-hole punch it. I still have three children at home to school and I know that this writers handbook will continue to be my go to source to prepare them for college level writing.

If you have a middle schooler or high schooler and you are need a little extra help with writing and all the mechanics, then this handbook is the helping hand you need to succeed! Be sure to check out what my CrewMates thought of this handbook for writers by clicking the banner below to read 27 other opinions.
Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers {Everyday Education Reviews}

Company ~ Everyday Education 
 Product ~ Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers 
 Format ~ eBook PDF 
 Price ~ $39.00 
 Ages ~ middle school and up
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